When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
Your self-improvement regime for the New Year likely pales next to Spidermans: The 28-year-old Rio kingpin, whose given name is Juarez Mendes da Silva, wants to quit the drug business and devote his life to the Lord. Pastor Dione Jonny dos Santos made that leap some years ago, and the evangelical minister stands ready (with Jesus help) to point the way. But as the days and reels unspool in the riveting documentary Dancing with the Devil, Spidermans words fail to translate into God-fearing action. Meanwhile, another potent force is moving through the favela: Inspector Leonard Torres, a brawny, fearless drug-squad star who, ominously, lacks a nickname. The great accomplishment of South Africaborn, Britain-based filmmaker Jon Blair is gaining the trust of these three tough hombres, penetrating their armor and emerging with a breathtakingly candid portrait of lives on the edge. Perhaps the Oscar, Emmy, and British Academy Award on his mantel carried more street cred in the favela than you might expect. His hard-hitting film lays the foundation for Yerba Buena for the Arts unrelated nonfiction film series, A Bit of Brazilian Music, starting Jan 14.
Jan. 1-7, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 3, 2:30 & 4:04 p.m.; Jan. 8-14, 9:30 p.m., 2010
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"